Week 1 – 2 interesting characters and their relevance.

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1. The first interesting character that i thought i would talk about is Edgar Kalou. He was the man accused with the murder of Everett Gage in the ‘Buyer Beware’ case. During interrogation is when Mr Kalou becomes intriguing. His attitude towards Phelps is aggressive and he talks with such confidence and arrogance. The murder is all provoked by racism from Everett Gage and shows that Kalou has a large sense of pride about his roots. The fact that Kalou could be pushed far enough to murder someone, as he seems like a genuine enough guy despite his anger, suggests that he has a short temper and a fiery personality which i think makes him a very interesting character.

The second interesting character that i chose from my experience of L.A Noire was Stefan Bekowsky. Bekowsky interested me as he makes his jealousy of Cole Phelps, the protagonist, very clear. Bekowsky states how annoyed he is countless times that Phelps has been at the station for such a short period of time and yet has received promotions a lot quicker than himself. Phelps is obviously seen as the golden boy at the station and this has an effect on Bekowsky over all the other detectives as he obviously feels inadequate. The station all view Bekowsky as a lazy detective, that slacks off and lets their partner pick up the slack. however, from the experience you have as Phelps in the game this does not seem true.

2. The character Edgar Kalou reminds me of a character that you might find in a typical business scenario. He is a business man before he is anything else and although he is passionate about his heritage he is more passionate, it seems, about his jewelry business. Mr Kalou could be likened to any slight role where the business owner is passionate enough and has a short enough temper to commit murder for the attempted rescue of his business. I can’t think of any specifc characters that Kalou reminds me of, however, as i feel like his arrogance and quick anger are not commonly seen.

3. One thing that is apparent in this game is that it has a lack of feminism. The game is set in 1947 which means that all of the women are still perceived as housewives who should look immaculate all of the time and who’s job in life is to look after their husbands and their children. however, the game doesn’t seem to take an anti-feminist approach as such, just keeps most of the female characters as shrinking violets. Some of the women in the game, however, have achieved some pretty amazing things with Celine Henry being a pilot and Evelyn Summers having worked at the film studio. This is only true for two of the female characters though and most others are shown to live mundayne lives where the husbands are less than perfect and their job is to look after the house and children.

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  1. RHealy / Mar 18th, 2012 21:36 Quote

    I think that is a very interesting point about the games lack of feminism and is something which I didn’t immediately think about. Within the game, it does appear that women are portrayed as weak and inferior to that of the working male. One particular case which supports this is the “Lipstick murderer” case, in which a women is brutally murdered and sexually abused. Here the victim (who happens to be a women) is objectified and presented as weak.

  2. MaddieS / Mar 22nd, 2012 18:19 Quote

    Although I would agree that there are certainly female characters in the game that could be perceived as weak and inferior, I would also argue that the females with any particular strength of character in the game are also portrayed as manipulative and a hindrance to justice as many of the women/spouses that Phelps interrogates try to lie to him. An example of this would be Mrs. Pattison in ‘A Marriage Made In Heaven’ who is seen to have planned the murder of her husband and had her partner Leroy Sabo carry it out for her, trying to pin the whole affair on Sabo after Phelps gets a confession out of her. Another example would be June Ballard, who it turns out has effectively prostituted the vulnerable Jessica Hamilton in order to get a role in Mark Bishop’s blockbuster film. Far from being helpless damsels, the women of L.A. Noire are almost portrayed as bringing corruption to the forefront of Los Angeles life, harking back to the original sin.

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